On 25 October 2018, the IBN Cluster ‘Innovatieve Coatings’ organised, in collaboration with the IBN Cluster ‘Offshore Energy’, a workshop and matchmaking event on ‘Coating Solutions for Corrosion Protection’ at the university campus of Diepenbeek.

During the workshop, attended by 33 people from the industry, a presentation on the IBN Cluster ‘Offshore Energy’ was followed by a lecture by Sirris on the ‘Opportunities for anti-corrosion solutions in the Offshore Renewable Energy sector' and an explanation by the VUB on ‘self-healing coatings’.


The mission of the IBN Offshore Energy is working together towards a strong and innovative offshore energy value chain. The network provides you with substantial support in research and development in the offshore wind, wave and tidal energy sector. One of the challenges this sector has to deal with is material degradation. A major cause of this are all types or corrosion. The knowledge in offshore engineering originates in shipping, oil & gas industry, but this is not suitable for the offshore wind industry. Turbines need to be able to operate maintenance-free for at least 25 years; OWP cannot be brought back to shore, there is no personnel on the OWPs and repair costs are high. Furthermore, several types of degradation occur on different materials on different turbine components, with different causes. Here (new) coating developments and a better understanding of their characteristics can offer a solution. This in combination with monitoring systems.

The NeSSIE project aims to find solutions in corrosion for energy. Its goal is the development of three demonstration projects related to innovative anti-corrosion solutions for offshore renewable energy in the North-Sea basin. This by searching for solution providers. One of the topics that are researched, is corrosion in harsh environments, with a focus on cross-sector opportunities, as corrosion is not necessarily sector specific. For this, coating systems (for steel) for the ORE and corrosion challenges are being explored.

On 13 November the NeSSIE webinar 'Competition Stage 2 - Q&A with the project developers' took place.  

This presentation dugs deeper into the possibilities of self-healing coatings, more specifically the concept of multiple-action self-healing polymer coating, for which VUB started a research consortium with UGent, TU-Delft and the university of Aveiro. The performance of several self-healing methods is being evaluated, the self-healing polymer systems, the corrosion inhibitors as well as the effect of such a system on coated metal, when damaged. Finally, attention was paid to the new project PredictCor, which will focus on the development of a knowledge and technology platform for prediction of durability and lifetime of organic coated metals under long-term environmental corrosion.

After the presentations, all participants had the opportunity to present their company/organisation to the audience in 2 minutes pitches. In the afternoon the workgroup ‘Corrosion’ was launched by Sirris.

The launch of the workgroup was followed by B2B meetings, where new business and project opportunities were discussed. 

You can find more information on the cluster website.